A ‘Certain Way’ of Getting Rich by Wallace D Wattles
I recently covered The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D Wattles in my post about blockages. The Science of Getting Rich is one of my favourite self help books, it does not only cover the factors in making more money, it is much more than that. Wattles highlights how we must become wealthier within ourselves before we generate external wealth. Its focus is on us becoming rich mentally as a first step to becoming rich financially.
The Best Book for Wealth Creation
This book is fantastically simplistic in its writing, making even complex philosophical concepts seem straightforward. It is a short book and can be read in a few hours. It is a book that I recommend you read at least 3-5 times to fully digest. I also wish to emphasise that this is not just a guide to wealth creation, but also a wonderful general self-help book for anyone simply seeking to feel happier and more content. This book was also the inspiration behind ‘The Secret’, Rhonda Byrnes best selling book and movie. It reportedly also helped her to overcome a mental breakdown she had suffered.
Today I am going to highlight the concepts covered in this inspirational book, I have decided to piece together Wattles step by step approach to getting rich. Wattles calls his method, a way of thinking and doing things in a ‘Certain Way’. Allow me to break down the ‘Certain Way’ concept. His Certain way concept ties in with my previous posts about the Subconscious mind. This is the idea that our conscious thoughts link together with our conscious heart felt feelings to create our subconscious beliefs/wills about reality. Rudolf Steiner called this the process of Thinking, Feeling and Willing.
Changing our Beliefs about Money and Getting Rich
The focus of part two of this three part series, will be on the developing the right mental attitude towards getting rich, we must master this before implementing any action. Our first focus, will be solely upon developing the right attitude towards money. Once we understand the aspect of working on our limiting beliefs and understanding money is not something scarce as I highlighted in part one. We can then begin to implement decisive action in to our lives. Many of us hold limiting beliefs towards money and our ability to achieve our goals in life, these are the first aspects Wattles wishes us to address.
The ‘Certain Way’ of Getting Rich – The 7 Mental Steps we must take
Developing the Creative Mindset
Step 1 – Developing a Positive view of Money – Money is not Evil!
‘There is nothing wrong in wanting to get rich. The desire for riches is really the desire for a richer, fuller, and more abundant life: and that desire is praise worthy. The man who does not desire to live more abundantly is abnormal, and so the man who does not desire to have money enough to buy all he wants is abnormal.‘ – Wallace D Wattles
Many of us hold very negative beliefs about money, beliefs such as ‘Money is the root of all evil’, ‘I’ve always been poor’ and ‘You have to be a bad person to become rich’ fall under this umbrella. Wattles highlights how its very important that we release any negative beliefs surrounding money itself. We must view money as something that could advance our lives and lead us to become better people. We must lose all beliefs about money that don’t serve us. More importantly, Wattles teaches us that getting richer potentially gives us a tool that could actually be used to help humanity and not hinder it.
Step 2 – Understand our Thoughts are Creative – Becoming Aware
‘THOUGHT is the only power which can produce tangible riches from the Formless Substance. The stuff from which all things are made is a substance which thinks, and a thought of form in this substance produces the form.‘ – Wallace D Wattles
Our thoughts are not just things that are confined to our own heads as many people would have us believe. Thoughts are creative and are powerful, they impact the world around us. Everything that we see around us in the material world began with a thought. We must start to understand the power of our thoughts and imagination. If our thoughts are destructive then we are potentially creating bad circumstances in our own life. We must understand that our thoughts are crucial in creating the life in which we wish to lead. We need to utilise our imagination to dream up the life we wish to begin creating, before we take any form of action.
Step 3 – Connecting with Spirit / God – Raising our state of Vibration
‘You must get rid of the last vestige of the old idea that there is a Deity whose will it is that you should be poor, or whose purposes may be served by keeping you in poverty. The Intelligent Substance which is All, and in all, and which lives in All and lives in you, is a consciously Living Substance.‘ – Wallace D Wattles
We must understand the need to raise our consciousness and connect with God (The All), the spirit that is within all of us and pervades all things. Wattles wishes to state that God is not a hateful, judgemental individual. God is the spirit that runs through us and everything we experience in the universe. He feels God’s primary aim is for us to advance as humanity. By connecting with God and Spirit, we begin to raise our consciousness and vibration. We will immediately view life differently and feel differently about life. If we view life from a purely materialistic point of view, we deny ourselves the opportunity of experiencing the power and feeling of Spirit.
We are not just flesh and blood, we are spiritual beings having an experience. To view life purely on a material level generally leads to an empty existence where we never find any form of contentment. Once we start to feel richer mentally, we realise we hold wealth within us and begin to experience a sense that we can have the things we want in life.
Step 4 – Importance of Integrity – Operate Creatively not Competitively
‘You are to become a creator, not a competitor; you are going to get what you want, but in such a way that when you get it every other man will have more than he has now.‘ – Wallace D Wattles
The importance of acting in a decent way towards your fellow humans should never be discounted. You must NOT wish to seek, destroy and dominate other people. Your objectives must always be around doing the best you can for humanity. You must act from a creative mindset and not a competitive mindset. If you partake in this sort of competitive behaviour with your fellow human, your mindset is one of lack and not abundance. You firmly believe that you can’t have what you want unless you steal it off of someone first.
The universe is full of abundance which is simply waiting to be used, we must seek to be creative and not competitive. If you act in an despicable way towards your fellow human beings, you can rest assured eventually you will reap what you sow and will face the consequences of your actions. By being hateful to others, you will attract hatefulness back into your life. Our focus must be on getting rich by creating the best for ourselves and our neighbours.
Step 5 – Like attracts Like – The Power of Cause and Effect
‘It is a natural law that like causes always produce like effects; and, therefore, any man or woman who learns to do things in this Certain Way will infallibly get rich.‘ – Wallace D Wattles
We must understand that every action has a reaction and every cause has a corresponding effect. To simplify this even further is by stating that Like attracts Like. These following statements are not always strictly true, but they are generally true. If we give love, we will get love back. If we give hate, we will get hate back. When you believe strongly that you will remain poor and are due great suffering, you will continue to experience great poverty and suffering.
We must become focussed on advancement, this means focussing solely on creating positive causes and experiencing positive effects. We must believe that getting rich is something we can easily attain, if we release the blocks in our way, we can then realise our ambitions.
Step 6 – Desire – The need to Advance is Healthy and Not Wrong
‘Every living thing must continually seek for the enlargement of its life, because life, in the mere act of living, must increase itself.‘ – Wallace D Wattles
In contrast to some of eastern philosophy, that teaches us that desire is bad and should be extinguished. Wattles highlights to us how desire is the basic human need within all of us to advance and get better. We must cultivate desire and channel it, not destroy it. The need to advance is a very healthy and positive movement that naturally flows through us. We must understand it is perfectly normal and healthy to want to make the best of ourselves. It is also as stated previously, perfectly normal and healthy to want to become rich.
We are born with desires. If we didn’t desire things, we would simply sit and do nothing. Even getting up in the morning and making a coffee stems from desire. We must cultivate desire to advance ourselves in all areas of our life. Advancement must be one of our main focusses if we wish to succeed!
Step 7 – Feeling Gratitude – Grateful Feelings to back Creative Thought
‘If it is a new thought to you that gratitude brings your whole mind into closer harmony with the creative energies of the universe, consider it well, and you will see that it is true.‘ – Wallace D Wattles
Developing our ability to feel Grateful is crucial according to Wattles, being grateful is a positive loving feeling experienced in the heart. We must practice constructive thinking matched with a feeling of deep gratitude towards the world in which we live. Remaining ungrateful and hateful towards the world is highly self destructive and stems from a place of fear and lack. Becoming grateful generates powerful feelings of positivity which leads to us creating positive lasting impressions on our subconscious mind. Even on the bad days, there are always things that you can find to feel grateful for. You must actively seek out reasons to be grateful and appreciative at all times.
This must become a habit not just a wishful ambition! Do not focus on the things you lack in life, feel a sense of gratefulness that the things you dream of are about to arrive. Imagine your wish is fulfilled already, feel the state you would feel if you had already received it!
We can get what we want in life through thinking creatively, feeling grateful and acting accordingly
‘No one is kept in poverty by a shortness in the supply of riches; there is more than enough for all. ‘ – Wallace D Wattles
Understanding the need to adopt new mental attitudes towards money and our desires is our first step in getting richer. Once we have attained the Creative mindset, we can then begin our journey of getting richer in a ‘Certain way’. We can begin to create new causes in our lives, experiencing new effects.
The causes you are looking to generate will stem from new ways of thinking, new ways of feeling and new ways of acting! Understanding that we should not think in terms of lack, but think in terms of abundance are the real basis of Wattles teachings. In part three, we will focus on the Action we must begin to take in achieving our financial dreams.